Louisiana Boys State
June 25-July 1, 2017

Northwestern State University

Parents: Looking for a general schedule of the week’s activities? Schedule/links to our livestreaming events? Have a frequently asked question? Check these pages or email us at laboysstate@gmail.com.

Morning flag raising
LABS 2015 Parish Counselors leading in the morning flag raising ceremony

Louisiana Boys State (LABS) is the premier leadership development program for young men in the state of Louisiana. Sponsored by the Louisiana Department of the American Legion, LABS is dedicated to providing a hands-on learning environment in which participants (termed “Citizens”) not only learn the ins and outs of the Louisiana political system but also learn how to transform themselves into effective leaders in their school, community, state, and country.

At Louisiana Boys State, you will not receive lessons on how to be a leader. By merit of being invited, you show that you already have the seeds of leadership. What will happen at Louisiana Boys State is the tradition of “learning by doing.” You will be tasked with creating the 51st state in all components of government, including local, regional and statewide.

During the program you will be surrounded by similar young men, those who – like you – have distinguished themselves as leaders. You join an organization that has existed in Louisiana for more than 70 years. You are now among an elite group of men who have gone on to become business leaders, doctors, legislators, governors and presidents.

Boys State is a sponsored program of the American Legion.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

For more information on the American Legion, visit legion.org.